Imperial Russian Stout | Wellington County Brewery

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Imperial Russian StoutImperial Russian Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wellington County Brewery
Ontario, Canada
wellingtonbrewery.ca

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout is patterned after the highly fortified Russian Stouts that were exported from the U.K. to Russia in the 1800s.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
192
Reviews:
109
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
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Ratings: 192 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of Mebuzzard
1.75/5  rDev -55%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Trade from grub. Thanks, I like trying new brews! Even if I don't like them.
Previous high marks for this one made my mouth water. But the sink had the rest of this beer.
Poured a weak looking, thin Cola liquid, absolutely no head whatsoever, none, not after a hard pour, a good swirl, nothing. Horrible looking, but at least it is dark.
Smelled like wet coffee and bad chocolate. Coffee hints can't hide the astringent aroma that dominated.
Tasted like the malts were roasted over a dung-fire, not good at all. Hops had bite, but no flavor. Drinkability? Ask the drain.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of Talisker
2.82/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle received from BA Goldorak via an extremely generous (on his side!) in-person trade.

Pours dark but thin. Almost no head despite trying to force one up. Aroma is heavily dominated by chocolate - not sweet, but not overly bitter or burnt. Not much malt or hops to balance the smell.

That slightly bitter chocolate also dominates the taste. Not at all unpleasant, but not particularly balanced. The thin texture avoids the syrupy viscosity of many American RIS expressions, but a lingering roasted bitterness takes its place, outstaying its welcome, wanting a little sweetness.

Were this beer a work in progress, I would say it's extremely promising, just needing a little tuning before bringing out to the world. But as a finished beer it's not one I'll return to or recommend others seek out.

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Photo of Rastacouere
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Blind Tasting, thanks CapFlu Deep dark brown with a beige film. Very restrained aroma for an imperial, light alcohol notes, dry altogether with dark chocolate and caramel tones and a weird steamy, milky touch. Taste is also unexpected, chalky, woddy (branches) with not too pronounced green hops that seem out of place. Milky overall with a lightly astringent finish and a thin-medium body that is actually a bit overcarbonated. Worst of show in the blind tasting, weird and off imo. It lacks some basic characteristics like intensity.

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Photo of esto
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of jrutigs
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TerryW
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark with a substantial caramel coloured head. Settles to a short layer, but doesn't give up any real lace.

Not too fussy on this one I'm afraid. I found that the alcohol was too dominant in both the smell and taste of the beer and the whole thing just came across as too harsh to properly enjoy. I've had other Wellington brews and quite enjoyed them, but this one is not for me.

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Photo of Brody1714
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Fairly black. Beige head bubbled out quickly, leaving a mere ring. A bit of lacing. Not super dark, I get some ruby red highlights.

S: Dark fruits, raisins, sweet milk chocolate.

T: This is some sweet stuff. Dark comes of as pretty strong: raisins, a bit of plum, and maybe some date. Dark caramel is strong too. I'm guessing the fruitiness is coming from the dark caramel malts. A bit of restrained roasted barley comes through on the back end, but it's pretty laid back. Very sweet- to sweet for me. Caramel should be dialed back; roasted malt should go up. No booze what so ever, I could easily believe this was a 5% beer, if not for the body.

F: Almost oily. A thick body, and pretty creamy feeling. Carbonation is perhaps just a tad dialed back.

O: It's passable, okay, but passable. Sweet, too sticky, not really my thing. I prefer roastier, lower ABV stouts.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark coffee black color with a dense and large head of brown foam. Lots of lace. Medium to medium low levels of carbonation.

S: Mild and reserved notes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate and cocoa, with some bready notes. Not bad, but kind of on the weak side.

T: Rich and dense flavors of java, roasted malts, grain, charcoal and wood with mild notes of hops. Not overly complex, but appropriate for the style.

M: Dense. Heavy. Rich. Very nice, with some mild carbonation hanging around. Similar to syrup, with high viscosity.

D: Fair. A mildly entertaining RIS, but lacks depth and complexity. Perhaps a good starter for the style.

Notes: Speical thanks to biegaman for the sample.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep brownish head over opaque brown in the glass. Light (too light for a R.I.S.) roasted malt nose offering some coffee tones. First impression on tasting was too light bodied for what the label claims it to be, that aside I get roastiness and light malt and not too much hop to speak of. Finished on a bitter chocolate note...no alcohol tasted. Thought this could be much better though it's a nice Imp Stout for those just testing the waters.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: very muted. Chocolate.

Looks: Black. Small, tan head. Poor head retention.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, a touch of black licorice (but not bad). Some pine-like hoppy flavours that build up on your tongue.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Smooth, velvety, silky, and chewy. Light carbonation with very fine, small bubbles. Good cask conditioned mouthfeel.

Overall, I like this Beer much, much better in it's cask conditioned version. I don't care much for the black licorice flavour, but this RIS didn't have much of it. This Beer certainly hides it's 8% ABV well.

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Photo of halivera
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of trevorwideman
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml Canadian industry standard bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to grub for this one. I was born in Wellington County and Wellington beers always make me think of where I came from....

When I opened the bottle it made nary a noise, and when poured there was not so much a head as some scant bubbles floating about. Black as sin though, no light pierces this baby. Carbonation must be awfully low, because even a vigorous swirl dosen't make a head erupt. Smell is subdued but there's typical plum, fig, and raisin aromas mixed with a bit of roasted malt and chocolate. Uh oh, there's a bit of soy sauce in there too. Was this bottle not sealed properly? I guess a tasting will tell.

Taste is quite good for the most part. Lots of bitter cocoa roasted malt character with a touch of chocolate sweetness. The dark fruit notes are there, but subdued, and there's also a lactic sourness in the background that I can't quite put my finger on. Bad news is I'm quite sure this bottle's gone bad, the cardboard and soy sauce flavours are in the background, but they're there nonetheless. Add to that the fact that the carbonation is next to dead and it's bad news. Mouthfeel is medium, a bit lighter than the style norm, and the alcohol bites a bit on the way down. All that said, I will review this again sometime with a fresh bottle to compare my notes, but I couldn't have more than one of these since it's already giving me a headache. Very unfortunate.

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Photo of seand
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours an opaque black with a small amount of tan head. Just a ring around the edge of the glass retains, leaving minor lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malt.

T: Sweet roasted malt with a roasty top end; not bad, if a little bit single-noted.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, OK. Not nearly the best imperial stout I've had, but still decent.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, with a very thin layer of dark tan head.

Maybe it was a function of the glass, maybe not, but I could smell almost nothing from the beer. Just a hint of fairly typical stout smell. Not bad, but not distinctive at all.

Taste was decent. Burnt caramel and a fair does of bitterness. Enjoyable, but not a particularly complex taste. Alcohol was more hidden than expected.

The beer was much lighter than expected. Particularly for an imperial stout, it was quite thin. However, carbonation was wonderful, perhaps partly as a function of the fact that it is from a cask.

Drinkability is good. Despite the strength, it goes down very smoothly, and is an enjoyable but not exciting beer.

Overall, I would be happy to have another of these, but would not go out of my way for it.

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Photo of Danielr26
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of jmkoscie
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Sellen
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of boszormeny
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of ADicerni
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An Opaque blackness with reddish highlights.
Brown Creamy foam that lasts only a few sips.

A pronounced maltiness you’d expect from a stout. Well balanced bitterness with the sweet toasty taste of the malt. A dry finish with slight bitterness. The hops are not so aromatic as flavouring. Somewhat herbal or grassy. Overall a clean layering of malt and hops.

This stout has a crisp carbonation but not overly and full bodied. A pleasant experience.

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Imperial Russian Stout from Wellington County Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 192 ratings.
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